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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Apr 2, 2009 3:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Leary short film on Archive - anyone seen it?

Somehow I stumbled across this movie, made by the son of Ken Babbs, and watched it the other day. I haven't ever looked for other video footage of the early LSD era, so this may or may not offer much new on that front. However, the GD soundtrack as background music works really well! And it gives some perspective on the more serious, methodical "east coast" LSD experimentation vs. the more free "west coast" approach.

http://www.archive.org/details/Timothy_Leary_Archives_82

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Apr 2, 2009 10:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Leary short film on Archive - anyone seen it?

This is worth catching...
http://www.hulu.com/watch/5115/nbc-news-time-capsule-the-summer-of-love-1967#s-p3-so-i0

it includes an early interview with a (literally) plastered Leary, as well as other segments from the Summer of Haight.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Apr 2, 2009 5:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Leary short film on Archive - anyone seen it?

The archival footage is certainly fun, and when Kesey and Leary and the others are speaking for themselves, the film is quite wonderful.

But it seemed to me that the narrative provided by the producers was full of omissions and over-simplifications. Both the times and the people were caricatured rather than examined carefully. And I noticed many statements in the narration that I think were simply historically inaccurate.

So if you enjoyed this film and want to know more, you could fill in lots of the gaps by reading Jay Stevens' excellent book Storming Heaven and Robert Greenfield's recent biography of Leary. Things were much more complicated, and morally ambiguous, than this romantic view of them.

Still, despite my reservations, I enjoyed it immensely and am grateful to the people who made it, esp. for the footage from the Prankster movie. Thanks for posting the link.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Apr 3, 2009 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Leary short film on Archive - anyone seen it?

Dhamma - Thanks for the Steven's rec! I agree this short film is not an authoritative, factual documentary - more of a pet project by a son with understandably strong affection for his dad and the other characters in his dad's life. I am a sucker for this kind of footage, though. It also made me want to re-read my worn copy of High Priest, which I find to be an entertaining time piece.